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July 24, 2016
One of my top 5 films
½ July 23, 2016
I have to give major props to the production design team. This is such a unique looking film mixed with Martin Scorsese's excellent direction and pacing. Although it doesn't follow the basic three part story down to a tee, Leo's great performance keeps you along for the ride. Speaking of Leonardo DiCaprio, once again he plays it brilliantly. He is definitely in my Top 5 Favourite Actors. The supporting cast is also huge and all give solid performances. Alec Baldwin, John C. Reilly, Cate Blanchett, Alan Alda, etc. Overall, this is a really good biopic! It's not very often I research about what a movie is based on after watching it. This film did!
½ July 21, 2016
This one is a personal favorite.
July 17, 2016
For me this was more of a history lesson than a movie, which is okay.
July 12, 2016
A solid well put together Scorsese and DiCaprio film, though probably not their best. Although a bit long, and lacking some of the later years, it definitely made me more intrigued about the life of Howard Hughes.
July 12, 2016
A grand, visually arresting effort from director Martin Scorsese, "The Aviator" is a very strong biopic, and features one of Leonardo DiCaprio's best performances.
July 9, 2016
The life of Howard Hughes: film director and producer, aircraft designer and airline owner. A pioneer in all these fields he was a man who had a massive influence on aeronautical advancement, the airline industry and the aviation industry in general plus gave the world some movies which helped the progression of that art form (in particular, Hell's Angels, Scarface and The Outlaw). Not content with being a highly successful and wealthy businessman, leading aircraft designer and movie mogul he even test flew his own aircraft! His private life was equally epic, having long-term relationships with Katharine Hepburn and Ava Gardner and dating almost every female star in Hollywood at some stage. But he wasn't without his faults, eccentricities and demons, and these are explored here too.

A fantastic study of an incredible life. Master-director Martin Scorsese turns a linear biopic into an incredibly engaging, enthralling and illuminating journey. Despite being over 160 minutes long the time flies by, such is the pace, energy and interest of the movie. Hughes was a larger-than-life character and incredibly influential person on history and Scorsese shows him the respect he deserves.

Not that he paints him as a saint though. He is portrayed as reckless at times and, as mentioned, his personal issues are also covered, and they are covered well. We see how his eccentricities and disorders - germaphobia and obsessive-compulsive disorder plus potentially other mental issues - have a large bearing on his life and work. We also see how he manages to go on despite these. Very sensitively and appropriately covered by Scorsese.

Superb performance by Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. The movie got him his second Oscar nomination, and first for a leading role, and he was unlucky to lose out, having to compete with a brilliant performance by Jamie Foxx in Ray.

Cate Blanchett is superb as Katharine Hepburn and well deserved her Best Supporting Actress Oscar (her first Oscar and her second nomination). Alan Alda got a Best Supporting Actor nomination for playing Senator Brewster.

The remainder of the cast is star-studded too: John C Reilly, Kate Beckinsale (as Ava Gardner), Alec Baldwin, Jude Law (as Errol Flynn), Ian Holm, Danny Huston. Even the minor parts include Gwen Stefani (as Jean Harlow) and Willem Defoe and the musical numbers include Loudon Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright!

A masterpiece.
June 29, 2016
good movie, outstanding performances (Dicaprio is one of the best living actors right now)
June 19, 2016
A fascinating insight into the amazing life of Howard Hughes. It's been a few years since I watched this but I enjoyed it even more this time. DiCaprio and Scorsese should have both got the Oscar nod. I might actually now get around to reading that Howard Hughes biography I was inspired to buy after the first watch.
½ June 14, 2016
Extremely strong performances, immersive world, and clever dialogue with "real" characters.
May 31, 2016
My favorite Scorsese movie.
May 29, 2016
I thought this movie was a very good study of a larger than life character, including his serious mental illness. Leonardo DiCaprio gave an Oscar-worthy performance as did Cate Blanchett. Very entertaining.
May 26, 2016
The bad news: It's politics are bullshit, it's too long, and it gets a little samey towards the end. The good news: Acting is superb, film language is utilized effectively, the English language is as well, and the character of Howard Hughes is skillfully cultivated, making The Aviator a worthwhile sit with some unforgettable moments.
May 25, 2016
The Aviator (2004) ??? 1/2 C-170m. D: Martin Scorsese. Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly, Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Ian Holm. DiCaprio gives the best performance of his career in this extraordinary biopic of Howard Hughes, legendary director who would get anything he wanted his and only his way. This untouchability lead him to insanity. Scorsese, along with cinematographer Robert Richardson and editor Thelma Shoonmaker, have created an entire isolated world under the nose of Hughes, with vivid, fascinating results. That such an intense piece of work could rest on the shoulders of one actor alone is the most impressive accomplishment of this one-of-a-kind film's many great achievements. Blanchett is completely remarkable, playing Katharine Hepburn. Despite its running time, film moves at a beautiful pace. Five Oscar wins for Best Actress (Blanchett), Cinematography, Editing, Art Direction, and Costumes- although Picture and Director *should have won.
½ May 21, 2016
Howard Hughes was a very interesting man, aviator, millionaire, business tycoon, and a man who faced many demons throughout his entire life. He dealt with mental illness, the United States government and several detractors along the way. Regardless, he faced it all while doing his best to make a difference. Leonardo DiCaprio plays this iconic man perfectly in what is a very good movie.
May 13, 2016
Fantastic yet slow, The Aviator shows Martin Scorsese's love for film making and it proves that he's the best at what he does.
½ April 19, 2016
Great film, one DiCaprio's best in his second era of performing. Scorsese should come back with a biographical drama/period film with unique substance like The Aviator.
April 18, 2016
A compelling story and another solid film between the best actor-director combination in Hollywood. Definitely deserving of all the awards and praise that it received.
April 9, 2016
Both Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett really embodied their roles--to great success!
March 30, 2016
The acting and the shots in this movie are just ON POINT!
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